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Consequences Not Intended
The War on drugs has created some unfortunate collateral damage: “Less than half of American cancer patients receive adequate painkillers, according to the American Pain Foundation. One reason is that doctors are terrified of being accused of drug-trafficking if they over-prescribe.”
Hospitals are the worst
“Baby, Just Can’t Steer”
A decade past, Prince saw delirium as a positive force–falling in love. Soulja Boy took it a step farther: “That’s when I start to fall.” Now that’s a concept geriatricians can latch onto.
Pfizer Has Problems
Big Pharma can legitimately claim to have produced scores of “life saving drugs.” I wouldn’t want to live in a world without safe and effective medicines.
Little Old Ladies (lying on linoleum)
Ageism exists everywhere. Healthcare is not exempt. But progressive researchers are proving the power of self-perception to improve health outcomes and change ageist attitudes. A study conducted by Marie Bernard, MD noted that “healthcare professionals tend to believe [wrongly] that most older individuals are frail and dependent, and that those who are not are atypical.”
Cult of Adulthood
Who Cheats More?
Interesting cross-cultural research on cheating:
A great piece of analysis generated by a regular reader of the Calculated Risk Blog offers these not very encouraging insights: “For the long term unemployed, it is better to be younger – and have less education.”
Rocket Fuel for Culture Change
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments by Wednesday, August 11, for a proposed rule related to the use of civil money penalty funds for nursing homes, which has important implications for the culture change movement. Please watch the video and visit www.PioneerNetwork.org to make your voice heard.
Power-Up Friday, No Country for Old People
Driving to the last session of our Eden Associate training this morning, I heard this poignant piece about the plight of older people in India, which struggles to meet the needs of its aging population.
Old People are OK
Feisty Blogger “Atrios” went to see a concert. His report: The Old People Are Alright
Young Conservatives Protest The “Defining Moment” Of Our Generation
I was browsing the Internet the other day and I came across an article about young conservatives protesting the nomination/possible confirmation of Solicitor General Elaina Kagan to the Supreme Court.